Best Dutch Films (Beste Nederlandse films)

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1. The Vanishing (1988)

Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.

Director: George Sluizer | Stars: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus

Votes: 30,489

2. Flesh+Blood (1985)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

In medieval Europe, a young girl from a noble family is obsessed with her captors--commoners.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson, Jack Thompson

Votes: 15,359 | Gross: $0.10M

3. Brimstone (2016)

R | 148 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

45 Metascore

From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Emilia Jones, Carice van Houten

Votes: 31,421

4. Soldier of Orange (1977)

R | 165 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

During WWII, Dutch students join the resistance movement against the German occupation of the Netherlands.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé, Susan Penhaligon, Edward Fox

Votes: 10,366

5. Rembrandt fecit 1669 (1977)

120 min | Drama

In the final year of his life, Rembrandt painted a series of self-portraits that show him in a dark, lonely state of mind. Stelling has painstakingly recreated the pathetic end of a genius ... See full summary »

Director: Jos Stelling | Stars: Frans Stelling, Ton de Koff, Lucie Singeling, Aya Gill

Votes: 142

6. De grot (2001)

90 min | Romance, Thriller, Crime

Psychological thriller. Geography teacher smuggles a case of heroin for a friend.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Fedja van Huêt, Kim Huffman, Marcel Hensema, Jeroen Willems

Votes: 642

7. Little Sister (1995)

91 min | Drama, Mystery

Martijn is obsessed with his younger sister Daantje and visits her to make a documentary about her. He manages to invade Daantje's life with his video camera, but soon unresolved issues from a distant past come to the surface.

Director: Robert Jan Westdijk | Stars: Kim van Kooten, Romijn Conen, Hugo Metsers, Bert Pot

Votes: 2,247

8. The 4th Man (1983)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Jeroen Krabbé, Renée Soutendijk, Thom Hoffman, Dolf de Vries

Votes: 6,502

9. The Johnsons (1992)

103 min | Adventure, Horror

According to an ancient Indian tale a giant monster embryo residing in a crystal vase is predetermined to fertilize a blue-eyed woman. She will give birth to something evil to unleash ... See full summary »

Director: Rudolf van den Berg | Stars: Monique van de Ven, Esmée de la Bretonière, Kenneth Herdigein, Rik van Uffelen

Votes: 683

10. Amsterdamned (1988)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Horror

A hard-boiled police detective sets out to capture a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the canals of Amsterdam.

Director: Dick Maas | Stars: Huub Stapel, Monique van de Ven, Serge-Henri Valcke, Hidde Maas

Votes: 6,569

11. Twin Sisters (2002)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance, War

Twin Sisters is an epic love story based on the Dutch bestseller by Tessa de Loo that has been read by more than 3.5 million readers in Holland and Germany.

Director: Ben Sombogaart | Stars: Ellen Vogel, Gudrun Okras, Thekla Reuten, Nadja Uhl

Votes: 6,203 | Gross: $0.00M

12. Character (1997)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs.

Director: Mike van Diem | Stars: Pavlik Jansen op de Haar, Jan Decleir, Fedja van Huêt, Betty Schuurman

Votes: 10,002 | Gross: $0.71M

13. Black Book (2006)

R | 145 min | Drama, Thriller, War

71 Metascore

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn

Votes: 69,050 | Gross: $4.40M

14. The Assault (1986)

PG | 144 min | Drama, History, Romance

A Dutch doctor, haunted by grueling childhood memories of World War II, struggles to find peace as he spends his life looking for answers about the tragic night that shaped him.

Director: Fons Rademakers | Stars: Derek de Lint, Marc van Uchelen, Monique van de Ven, John Kraaykamp

Votes: 2,868 | Gross: $0.20M

15. De vliegende Hollander (1995)

140 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Late 16th century, persecuted protestantism and general dissatisfaction with the Catholic Habsburg rule in the Netherlands lead to large-scale plundering and vandalizing of churches, only ... See full summary »

Director: Jos Stelling | Stars: René Groothof, Veerle Dobbelaere, René van 't Hof, Gene Bervoets

Votes: 494

16. AmnesiA (2001)

90 min | Drama, Comedy, Mystery

57 Metascore

A photographer returns to his parental home because his mother is seriously ill. The confrontation with his past leads to panic in a surreal, stylised psychological drama.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Fedja van Huêt, Carice van Houten, Theo Maassen, Sacha Bulthuis

Votes: 424

17. Duister licht (1997 TV Movie)

53 min | Drama, Thriller

A burglar gets caught on a farm by an older woman. The religious woman, who's body is covered with ulceration, believes he is there for a reason.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Marc van Uchelen, Viviane de Muynck

Votes: 67

18. Leak 2000 (2000)

105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Based on a book about an infamous real scandal in the Dutch crime scene, the film aims at exposing the horrors caused by corruption on both sides of the law. A rookie policeman is coerced ... See full summary »

Director: Jean van de Velde | Stars: Cas Jansen, Ricky Koole, Thomas Acda, Victor Löw

Votes: 2,720

19. The Lift (1983)

R | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

An elevator mysteriously begins to function intelligently on its own, where victims who go near the elevator or use it are killed.

Director: Dick Maas | Stars: Huub Stapel, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Josine van Dalsum, Liz Snoyink

Votes: 5,534

20. Necrophobia (1995)

60 min | Horror

After the death of his wife, Mark falls deep in a big depression. He loses interest in living until he knows a beautiful woman which he starts dating. One night, while Mark is looking for ... See full summary »

Directors: Frank van Geloven, Edwin Visser | Stars: Martijn Oversteegen, Rutger Weemhoff, Gerry Verhoeven, Grietje Besteman

Votes: 124

21. Dexter the Dragon & Bumble the Bear (1983)

84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Bumble the Bear (Olivier Bommel) finds an egg that, it turns out, has a cute little dragon in it. However, this dinosaur grows huge every time it is upset. As this causes a lot of problems, Ollie Bommel has to face a difficult dilemma.

Directors: Harrie Geelen, Bjørn Frank Jensen, Bert Kroon | Stars: Fred Benavente, Trudy Libosan, Luc Lutz, Lo van Hensbergen

Votes: 1,422

22. The Dark Room of Damocles (1963)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, War

The fainthearted cigar trader Ducker keeps himself quiet during World War II. That changes when parachutist Dorbeck lands in his backyard. It turns out the parachutist bears a remarkable ... See full summary »

Director: Fons Rademakers | Stars: Lex Schoorel, Nan Los, Van Doude, Guus Verstraete

Votes: 561

23. De brief voor de koning (2008)

110 min | Adventure

The medieval quest of sixteen-year old Tiuri, who risks his future as a Knight to fulfill a promise, and in so doing discovers adventure, honor, valor and love.

Director: Pieter Verhoeff | Stars: Yannick van de Velde, Quinten Schram, Rüdiger Vogler, Lars Rudolph

Votes: 1,196

24. Oorlogswinter (2008)

R | 103 min | Drama, History, War

66 Metascore

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, a teenage boy gets involved in the Dutch Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded RAF pilot.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Martijn Lakemeier, Jamie Campbell Bower, Yorick van Wageningen, Raymond Thiry

Votes: 11,629 | Gross: $0.54M

25. De prooi (1985)

97 min | Mystery, Thriller

18-year old Valerie and her mother Trudy live together in rural Oostdijk, a quiet little village near Amsterdam. When Trudy comes home one night, she gets run over by a car. Dead. The ... See full summary »

Director: Vivian Pieters | Stars: Maayke Bouten, Erik de Vries, Johan Leysen, Marlous Fluitsma

Votes: 271

26. Intensive Care (1991)

91 min | Horror, Thriller

A famous surgeon gets into a coma after a car accident. Seven years later, he wakes up as a mutilated monster and starts a massacre.

Director: Dorna van Rouveroy | Stars: George Kennedy, Koen Wauters, Nada van Nie, Michiel Hess

Votes: 334

27. Crusade in Jeans (2006)

PG | 125 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

After using his mother's newly built time machine, Dolf gets stuck in the year 1212. He ends up in a children's crusade where he confronts his new friends with modern techniques. However, ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Sombogaart | Stars: Johnny Flynn, Stephanie Leonidas, Emily Watson, Michael Culkin

Votes: 3,394

28. Suzy Q (1999 TV Movie)

82 min | Biography, Drama

A weekend in the life of a bizarre family in the sixties. Their lives will never be the same after it.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Carice van Houten, Roeland Fernhout, Linda van Dyck, Jack Wouterse

Votes: 493

29. Elkerlyc (1975)

94 min | Drama

Elckerlyc is a man without scruples living in Medieval times. He lives a life of crime and hardly knows the difference between right and wrong. He is a purebred Misanthrope. Until one day ... See full summary »

Director: Jos Stelling | Stars: George Bruens, Henk Douze, Bob Kars, Johanna Leeuwenstein

Votes: 90

30. Mariken van Nieumeghen (1974)

80 min | Drama

A sparkling film and surprising look into the middle ages by means of the story of Mariken, whose beauty is used by the devilish comedian Moenen to put people up against each other.

Director: Jos Stelling | Stars: Eric Bais, Sander Bais, Kees Bakker, Jacqueline Bayer

Votes: 191

31. Turkish Delight (1973)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

A young love faces with an old problems.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Monique van de Ven, Rutger Hauer, Tonny Huurdeman, Wim van den Brink

Votes: 9,328

32. De leeuw van Vlaanderen (1985)

90 min | War, Drama

A tale centered on the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302 where the Flemish rank and file won a major victory over the glorious French knights.

Director: Hugo Claus | Stars: Frank Aendenboom, Bert André, Piet Balfoort, Theu Boermans

Votes: 464



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